Monday Mottoes – #122
It’s a new year. Possibilities and potential spread before us. There’s the tyranny of the urgent vying with the creative genius bottled up like a genie trying to get out. I count down to my own Via Dolorosa deadline 10 days distant and feel desperate.
Put one foot in front of the other. Don’t give up on your dreams. You can do it. Even if you’re exhausted and spent and need rest and never really got to enjoy the holidays though you took a minute here and there with family and friends and wrote some heartfelt resolutions even when you should be finishing up original research that will change the world if not at least allow you to grab a breather once it’s done….
Which brings us to today’s motto, because people, I need to get back to work(!). First, I’ll give it to you short and sweet, and then in context:
“Creating a list of things that you are not going to do, allows you to invest more of your treasured time on the few things that matter the most.” ~Mike Maddock
I think this is one of the most brilliant observations I’ve seen in a long time. Never mind that it’s the beginning of 2016 and Mike Maddock, a contributor to Forbes magazine, wrote these words at the end of 2012 about making business resolutions for the new year. Under “Ten Resolutions The Most Successful People Make And Then Keep”, his #1 item was: Spend more time on the not-to-do list.
Can I hear an “amen”?
Under #1, this is how he phrased it: “Strategy is the art of sacrifice. That’s why you may consider creating a larger clearing for what really matters by first identifying, and then avoiding, what matters the least. Your time is a treasure to be invested. Creating a list of things that you are not going to do, allows you to invest more of your treasured time on the few things that matter the most.”
For me, resolutions, or better yet, goals, matter. I’d rather aim high and possibly achieve a portion of lofty goals than aim low or not at all… and achieve that-! But as soon as I get a spare minute here, I’m going to start a second list, along with the targeted goals of “What To Do in 2016” and those will be my “What Not To Do List”. Somehow, that lends even more focus to the tasks at hand and assists with time management.
It helped me— just thought I’d share.
Happy Monday, everyone!